Harley Flanagan

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Harley Flanagan
Birth name Harley Francis Flanagan
Born 1967 (age 49–50)
San Francisco, California, United States
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hardcore punk, thrash metal, crossover thrash, punk rock, heavy metal, rap rock
Occupation(s) Musician, author, MMA workshop instructor
Instruments
Years active 1980–present
Labels ROIR, Profile, Century Media, Cro-Mags Recordings
Associated acts Cro-Mags
Harley's War
The Stimulators
Mode of Ignorance
Murphy's Law
White Devil
Website www.harleyflanagan.com

Harley Francis Flanagan (born 1967) is a founding member and former bassist of the crossover thrash band Cro-Mags.

At age 12, Flanagan was the drummer for The Stimulators. When he was nine, Flanagan published a book of poetry with a foreword written by family friend, Allen Ginsberg.[1]

Current projects[edit]

Flanagan's autobiography, Hard-Core: Life of My Own, was published by Feral House in 2016, and contains an introduction by Steven Blush. As of October 14, 2016, it is ranked as the #1 seller in martial arts biographies by Amazon.[2][3]

As reported by Rolling Stone magazine, he is currently collaborating with Madison Square Garden organist Ray Castoldi and rock musician Chris Clemence on a song called "Let's Go", which will be played at MSG sporting events. Flanagan is a co-writer of the song, and will be singing lead vocals. [4]

Influences[edit]

Flanagan cited Darryl Jenifer, Geezer Butler, and Lemmy as his biggest bass influences. He also stated that Cronos of Venom, Jaco Pastorious (Flanagan owns one of his basses), and Stanley Clarke inspired him, trying to "bring all that stuff together" in his own music, mixed with hardcore's intensity.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Flanagan is the father of two sons and is married to Laura Flanagan (formerly Laura Hill), who is a PhD in English and works as general counsel for a wealth management firm.[6]

Flanagan, who is a black-belt in Brazilian jujitsu, currently works as an instructor for Renzo Gracie Academy. His students at the Academy include the two daughters of TV chef Anthony Bourdain, who coincidentally attended NYC Stimulators concerts in the early 1980s, and was a fan of the then preteen drummer.[6]

Flanagan has been a vegetarian for most of his life.[7]

Discography[edit]

with The Stimulators[edit]

  • Loud, Fast Rules!/Run Run Run {studio single} (1980)
  • Loud, Fast Rules! {live concert recording} (1982)
  • New York Thrash {various artists compilation} (1982)

with Cro-Mags[edit]

with White Devil[edit]

  • Reincarnation (1995)

with Harley's War[edit]

  • Cro-Mag (2003)
  • Hardcore All-Stars (2009)
  • 2012 (2012)

Harley Flanagan solo work[edit]

  • Cro-Mags (2016)

Legal issues[edit]

On July 6, 2012, Flanagan was arrested for allegedly stabbing two current members of Cro-Mags, and biting one of them in the groin, backstage at the Webster Hall in New York City and charged with felony assault.[8] The band's lead singer, John Joseph, said Flanagan "had been at odds with other members of the Cro-Mags since he left the band in 2000 and had not been permitted to rejoin."[9][10] Flanagan was stabbed in the leg while being subdued by security and the injuries to the victims are not life-threatening.[11][12][13] Flanagan stated he drew the knife to defend himself and that the wound to his leg required 30 stitches.[14] Charges were dropped in December 2012, due to a lack of cooperating witnesses. Couls and Bernardo are now suing Flanagan over the incident.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York City Hardcore Poetry « Vol. 1 Brooklyn". Vol1brooklyn.com. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  2. ^ http://feralhouse.com/hard-core/
  3. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Core-Life-Own-Harley-Flanagan/dp/1627310339
  4. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/sports/harley-flanagan-of-cro-mags-records-new-york-rangers-song-w447737
  5. ^ Stone, Drew (July 13, 2015). "The New York Hardcore Chronicles 10 Questions w/ Harley Flanagan (The Stimulators / Cro-Mags)" (video). YouTube. Event occurs at 2:58. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Curkin, Charles (August 31, 2016). "Harley Flanagan, Original New York Punker, Finds His Mellower Side". The New York Times. Retrieved April 24, 2017. 
  7. ^ Hutch (April 19, 2016). "Harley Flanagan Reflects The Grit of His New York Story With New Album 'Cro-Mags'". newnoisemagazine.com. Retrieved April 24, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Harley Flanagan's Revenge Stabbing". nymn.com. July 27, 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  9. ^ Moynihan, Colin (July 7, 2012). "A Stabbing, and a Feud About a Band". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  10. ^ Folgar, Abel (July 9, 2012). "Harley Flanagan, Cro-Mags Founder, Goes on Stabbing and Biting Rampage". Broward Palm Beach NewTimes. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  11. ^ Lemoine, Ray (July 12, 2012). "Former Cro-Mags Bassist Accused of Stabbing at New York Show". The Local East Village. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  12. ^ Celona, Larry (July 7, 2012). "Cro-Mags founder accused of stabbing, biting band members at Webster Hall". New York Post. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  13. ^ Tartar, Andre (7 July 2012). "A Knife-Wielding Former Band Member Canceled the Cro-Mags' Webster Hall Show". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  14. ^ "Former Cro-Mags Bassist Defends Himself Over Webster Hall Fight". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  15. ^ Ross, Barbara. New York Daily News, June 26, 2013, "Cro-Mags founder Harley Flanagan sued over Webster Hall brawl". Accessed January 5, 2014.

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